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Greeting The Night by Elandria Greeting The Night by Elandria

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Thanks to those of you who have posted your critique, from those I've done some edits which include:
:bulletgreen: removing a stray blade of highlighted grass that was making some of the shadowing look like it had a sharp edge
:bulletgreen: desaturating the shadows
:bulletblue: removing the blue planetary atmosphere effect from the closer planet and replacing it with a paler one to better match colors throughout
:bulletblue: tone down the saturation slightly of the overlay clouds to help them blend better into the environment
:bulletpurple: Altered colours on the rocks in the foreground
:bulletpurple: Redefined large planets atmosphere

:bulletblue: I will post a "develoment" .gif of this later in the week. I took screenshots mom!! :D ^^;


Stock used with many thanks
Planets: [link] by ~DeathCl0ck and [link] by ~Stock7000
Monument: [link] by ~pedjalayastock
Priestess: [link] by =lusete
Sky/Clouds: [link] by ~ManicHysteriaStock
Landscape: Little Mountain Sunset by boogy man on SXC


Thanks for looking! I won't tell you how long this has been sat on my hard drive *cough* Its probably not perfect, but I kinda like it :) :heart:
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Lovely composition and terrific color palette. I particularly like the semi-transparent planets/moons with their suggestion of a textured surface rather than just a nondescript smoothness. The eye is drawn to the slashes of red in the streamer-like flags blowing in the breeze. This compliments the draperies of the female character with her arms raised in a sort of mystical communion with the sky. The peach clouds and sun low on the horizon suggest change of day. The horizon fades into the sky beautifully. The foreground rock compliments the distant hills/mountains very nicely.

The overall lighting lends a definite warmth to the scene. Where the sun kisses the pillars, the loss of distinction is just right. I love the subtle light rays, not overpowering at all. The shadow cast by the stonework is nicely darker at the base and fades somewhat further away to the foreground. One comment about the shadow, however. There is one particularly sharply-defined edge on the left side middle. You might want to blur that a bit like the other shadow edges.

Overall impression is one of great strength. A strong landscape with an imposing, but not overwhelming, focal point. A very enjoyable piece.
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What I absolutely love here is the composition and the atmosphere the strong lighting creates. The eye is immediately drawn to the figure and the red flags fluttering in the wind are a beautiful touch, too!

On a technical level, the lighting doesn't look quite convincing. The shadows on the monument are okay I think, but the ones cast by it feel too saturated and the contrast seems to be too much. Also, their blur should be more the further away from the monument you get - so especially where the monument touches, the shadows should be very crisp. If you're using a newer Photoshop version, you can try the lense blur filter to get the blurriness right (though it may take a few tries). Also, something about the shadows in the bottom right corner of the image bothers me, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe too blurry, too?

The planets are a great idea for giving the sky some more interest, but the one in the foreground seems to be starting too abruptly and not with the horizon line, either. Maybe if you pushed it down a bit and used a softer transition, but you'd have to try and see if that works. Also, the blue atmospheric halo feels kinda off - like the planet should be blue-ish, too or the halo should be more yellow/orange/brown.

Lastly, the clouds giving another layer of distance is a good idea, but the clouds themselves feel like they don't quite fit which is probably also due to their colour mostly. The sun gives off this strong yellow light, so the clouds should be dark (gray or gray-blue) on the sides facing away from it and yellowish white on the sides that face the sun (I think). Also, it's a bit difficult to judge whether clouds in front of the planet should be receiving a shadow from the planet - that would depend on the sun's position in relation to the planets (which you'd have to decide). But if the sun were "in between", then the planet might need to be a bit brighter to the left, too.

Okay, I'm gonna stop now, I'm starting to blabber with a lot of "maybes" and "ifs" - I still hope this helps! :love:
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NTGreen Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning! :hug:
Elandria Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Luna-Fantasma Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is magnificent and wonderful, I dont understand why you dont have this one as Daily Deviantation! :D :D
I recommend you to this group: :icondaily-deviations:
Elandria Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Its kind of you to say so, however being a current community volunteer it would be a little self serving for me to be part of a group like that when I actually choose DDs ;)
Luna-Fantasma Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh! So, you choose DDs! Oh, understood. Well, when I saw this one I thought it was a DD, it's so wonderful, I have it as a wallpaper and I cant believe you answered me, mainly the DDs choosers dont answer. At least I wasnt the times I asked hehe ^^; Thank you, hugs :tighthug:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
;) No problem!
Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very pretty!!
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Fanks!
Aeon-Silence Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, aboslutly beautiful!!!!

This makes me feel so peaceful.

Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
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